A lot of the news commentary coming out of last night’s election seems to be centered on a narrative in which the president won reelection through ‘demographics-trumping-economy’. This seems wrong to me. Yes the demographics, swung heavily in Obama’s favor, but it’s dangerous to say that the demographics (women, people of color, the highly educated) voted for the president in spite of the economy.
The real narrative is that they voted for the president because as the recovery continues, they’d rather the ball be in Obama’s hands than in Romney’s. Obama’s vision for a shared and equitable recovery, his balanced proposal for drawing down national debt, and more moderate plan for tax reform, works much more in their favor than the strategy put forward by the Romney campaign.
It’s important when looking back at this race that we not oversimplify for the sake of a good narrative. Americans went out and showed overwhelmingly their support for a system that works for all. This wasn’t demographics trumping the economy. This was demographics claiming it.